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Reminder: Call for Contributions - The politics and intersections of COVID-19: critical perspectives from gender studies

Dear colleagues,

Just a friendly reminder about our call for contributions to an
online-seminar/talk series on the politics and intersections of COVID-19
during the upcoming fall semester.


At the Centre for Gender Studies, Karlstad University, we are organizing an
online seminar series on COVID-19 during the fall. We are looking for
contributions for that series and hope that we get together a group of
researchers from gender studies who will highlight the necessity to consider
gender studies research, knowledge, and critique during these times of crisis.
See the call or link below for more details.

Your colleagues from Karlstad

The politics and intersections of COVID-19: critical perspectives from gender

Call for contributions to an open online seminar series during the fall
semester of 2020, organized by the Centre for Gender Studies, Karlstad

The current global pandemic has brought with it many challenges. Most
obviously, the costs are seen in the lives lost and the health, emotional,
social, and economic challenges that many people face around the globe due to
the pandemic. While some also point to positive side effects of COVID-19 such
as stark reductions in CO2-emissions, the pandemic is more likely to intensify
already existing (social) inequalities than to alleviate them. This is most
noticeable when it comes to health. Older people and people with pre-existing
conditions are more likely to die from the virus. At the same time, according
to public statistics men fall victim to COVID-19 more often than women. What
is more, as more knowledge emerges about those infected with and dying from
COVID-19, well-known intersections of gender, class, and race appear to
determine who will survive this pandemic and who won't. Socially, the pandemic
also acerbates existing inequalities. In professions heavily exposed to
infection risks, such as healthcare or daycare workers or teachers, employees
are overwhelmingly women. In professions hardest hit economically, people in
the lower income ranges feel the consequences by getting laid off and losing
their income.

This is paired with racial discrimination. After the American president called
Corona "the Chinese virus", people identified as Chinese by others experienced
an increase in racial discrimination in public in the US and Europe. At the
same time, prejudices against racial minorities also gained traction in China
where Black Africans, after reports of them supposedly bringing
Corona-infections back to China, were discriminated against because of their
skin color. Not least, the current pandemic also points to the violent
heritage of colonialism, empire, and capitalism, with countries in the Global
North paying themselves out of the direst consequences while at the same time
being unwilling to share the financial burden of countries from the Global
South. All this begs the question how social inequalities structure the
current crisis and how the crisis will come to shape social inequalities in
the future.

This online seminar series wants to tackle these questions. We are looking for
contributions that reflect critically on the social consequences of COVID-19
from a gender studies perspectives, exploring the diverse politics and
intersections of COVID-19. Contributions should consist of 30-45 minutes
presentations followed by discussions that will be held online in a digital
meeting room organized by the Centre for Gender Studies at Karlstad University
during the fall of 2020. Contributors will be remunerated with 2000 SEK for
their involvement and a publication of all contributions is planned at the end
of the semester, either as a special issue or an edited collection. Abstracts
of max 300 words and a short author bio should be send to until the 31st of May
2020. Contributors will be notified about their acceptance shortly

You also find this call under the following link:

Sebastian Mohr

Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies
Managing Editor for NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity
Editor at Kvinder, Kn & Forskning/Women, Gender &

Karlstad University
65188 Karlstad

While most people address me with the pronouns he/him/his, I am thankful for
communication that goes beyond a gender binary.

I will do my best to meet accomodation needs in communication and personal
meetings, so please approach me directly in regard to accessibility.

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